Me in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s marathon: “Looks like the Phils might have lost it.”
Me after yesterday’s win: “Somehow, this team might do big things.”
Start believin’ 🤘🏼 #BeBold
— Rhys Hoskins (@rhyshoskins) July 25, 2018
After surviving the 16 inning thriller that ended earlier in the day, the Phillies took the rubber match of their series with the Dodgers in a 7-3 win yesterday afternoon.
After a Rhys Hoskins solo shot tied things at one in the bottom of the first, the Phils exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Things got started with a Scott Kingery homer, his first since June 29, before Andrew Knapp drove in another run on a double, followed by a bases-clearing triple by Carlos Santana to bring home three more runs.
Jake Arrieta had a very good start, one that was much needed. He gave up three runs off five hits and struck out six in six innings of work.
The Phils start a four-game series this weekend in Cincinnati. Ranger Suárez will make his MLB debut in tonight’s opener at 7:10 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. He’ll be the first left-handed pitcher to start for the Phillies since Adam Morgan did it back on September 28, 2016.
As for the trade deadline, a new name popped up: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. He would certainly be a defensive upgrade in the starting lineup, but doesn’t do a lot for the bench. The trade deadline is five days away.
Kyle will be at Philly Business Journal’s “Business of Sports” conference today at the Ballroom at the Ben. It’s already begun, but his panel starts at 10:15 AM.
Eagles training camp begins later today! The Birds practice at noon at the NovaCare Complex, and head coach Doug Pederson will talk to the media at around 2 PM. Kevin previewed the offense and defense the past couple of days.
Prior to the start of camp, the team signed former Ravens and Colts wide receiver Kamar Aiken to a one-year deal.
Could Kamu Grugier-Hill be a starter at linebacker?
“I played a hybrid role (in college),” he said. “I covered tight ends, I was in the box, I did a lot of run (support). My position was never ‘safety.’ I was more of a ‘hybrid linebacker.’”
When asked what his strengths as a linebacker are, Grugier-Hill gave an unsurprising answer.
“Definitely speed,” he said, “and my ability to play pass coverage.”
Safety Malcolm Jenkins talked to NBC’s Lester Holt about social issues in football.
NFL star @MalcolmJenkins: "We can talk about social issues and still have a great game."
The @Eagles player sat down for an exclusive interview with @LesterHoltNBC to discuss the social issues players have brought on the field. See more tonight on @NBCNightlyNews. pic.twitter.com/fhhfNzRp5C
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 25, 2018
“Club Rehab” helped the Birds on IR bond together during the team’s Super Bowl run:
Peters is well-known among his Eagles’ teammates as The Bodyguard, but in the training room, he was The Godfather. “Whatever JP says goes,” says Hicks. “I’ve been fined”—he drops air quotes around “fined”—“for being late. I wasn’t actually late, but if you walk in after him you’re late.”
The Godfather’s catchphrase during rehab was “Write ’em up!” If someone was late or slow in finishing a workout, Peters would hand out a “fine.”
“If you walked in two seconds late, he’d say, ‘That’s a thousand a second!’” Maragos says. Peters used the whiteboard in the Eagles training room to keep track of all the various fines, and by the end of the winter, the board was covered in a running list of the kangaroo court citations. Luckily, The Godfather was lenient in collecting dues, and no one ever had to pay up.
Sproles was tough but uplifting, the life coach of the bunch. He created a healthy sense of competition to prevent any slacking among his guys. “He’ll let everybody know that he is working harder than you and if you’re not working as hard as him then you need to step your game up,” Hicks says. “We get to the facility at the same time, and Sproles will be finished with his workout about when me and Chris [Maragos] are walking in to the gym to start.”
The Mike Muscala trade was officially processed and Jonah Bolden officially signed his rookie contract with the Sixers. Justin Anderson is in Atlanta and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot is off to Oklahoma City.
Markelle Fultz posted about anxiety on his Instagram account.
The Flyers officially introduced James van Riemsdyk back to the club. He’ll wear #25.
In other sports news, could Dez Bryant go to the Cleveland Browns?
Cowboys owner/GM/oligarch Jerry Jones said his players will have to stand for the national anthem, despite the league and NFLPA suspending any new national anthem policies.
CJ McCollum and Kevin Durant exchanged tweets last night.
There is no feud y’all gotta chill. It was simply an analogy. I’m done speaking on KD and the warriors bc it’s childish of me to do so and soft lol (will be taken out of context). I’ve always said what I feel but we all know I’ve never been a 🐍. Back to the grind pic.twitter.com/93B39bqKTS
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) July 26, 2018
Julio Jones will report to Falcons training camp.
In the news, toxins have been found in Upper Dublin’s drinking water.
There’s a new Donald Trump-Michael Cohen tape that was leaked.